Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Prep Athletes of the Year - Portraits

New Mexico sunset + Sandia foothills + high school athletes = memorable portraits for this year's Albuquerque Journal prep athletes of the year. First of all, congratulations to these two, their accomplishments gained them this well deserved honor. The Albuquerque Journal named Brady Patterson the prep male athlete of the year and Natasha Bernal the prep female athlete of the year. In the fall, Patterson is headed to ENMU and Bernal is headed to UNM.

Each year we try to do some kind of portrait of the two athletes of the year together somewhere in the city. This year we decided we wanted to see the city behind them. We told them we wanted to do a shoot as the sun was setting in the foothills and then wait for the city to glow after sunset, which ended up being a little later in the day than I realized, but they were up for it. The wait was worth it. Thanks again to these two who kept smiling even after we stayed a little longer than we originally planned to get that final city glow photo. The very last frame of the night ended up being my favorite. I saw it on the back of the camera and knew we were done. It's the first photo below.

Senior Portrait Albuquerque
Senior Portrait Albuquerque
Senior Portrait Albuquerque
Senior Portrait Albuquerque

SAGE Vintage Wedding - Albuquerque Journal Styled Shoot

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The Albuquerque Journal's final edition (yes, final) of Sage magazine happened to be the annual wedding (celebrations) issue. Every year, we shoot a stylized wedding session for the main story of the wedding edition. And every year, the shoot day ends up being one of the coldest days in December. This time was no different. The models were troopers dealing with the cold. That fur stole she's wearing in a few frames I brought from my personal vintage collection at the last minute because the temperature was dropping as the day progressed. I knew the inspiration was a vintage wedding so it worked and kept her warm, a win win. I've shot three of these wedding sessions over my years here at the paper and always loved working on them.

Location: Albuquerque Press Club

Gowns: Provided by Uptown Alfred Angelo

Tuxedo: Mr. Tux

Makeup: Noel Dalton, owner of The Vanity Makeup

Hair: Hannah Dalton of Stockton Hair Artists

Flowers: Peoples Flowers

Models: Mark Underwood & Marika Sayers

Car: Fiona, 1951 Ford owned by Bob Agnew of Old Car Garage

Read the Albuquerque Journal's Sage article Ready to Dazzle.

Wicked in Duke City - Albuquerque Journal

Crew load in and assemble the set for "Wicked" on Tuesday morning, September 16, 2014, at Popejoy Hall. Popejoy Hall will host the national touring act of "Wicked" for 24 shows beginning today at Popejoy Hall. The production travels with nearly 100 cast and crew members and while in Albuquerque, it hires 68 local talent for load in and will hire another 95 when the show ends its run in the Duke City on Oct. 5. According to Popejoy officials, there are also 15 local residents who are hired to help run the show. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)
Crew load in and assemble the set for "Wicked" on Tuesday morning, September 16, 2014, at Popejoy Hall. Popejoy Hall will host the national touring act of "Wicked" for 24 shows beginning today at Popejoy Hall. The production travels with nearly 100 cast and crew members and while in Albuquerque, it hires 68 local talent for load in and will hire another 95 when the show ends its run in the Duke City on Oct. 5. According to Popejoy officials, there are also 15 local residents who are hired to help run the show. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Wicked is still playing at Popejoy Hall as I post this, even though this photo was taken last month. I absolutely love this show so I jumped at the chance to shoot them loading in the set. For anyone who knows the show, you know they are assembling Glinda's Bubble.

Finding the Silverlining - Albuquerque Journal

A double rainbow is seen over the city after a late afternoon rain storm rolled through the city, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)
A double rainbow is seen over the city after a late afternoon rain storm rolled through the city, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Summer is monsoon season in New Mexico. I grew up in Florida so I have to admit, I thought monsoon season was a bit overrated when I moved here seven years ago. After living with daily  Florida storms that would last a few hours during the summer, quickly followed by hurricane season, monsoon season was basically, "we get 15 minutes of rain during the summer in New Mexico."

Over the years though I have come to appreciate monsoon season. The storms that roll through are so brief and yet the building clouds, the swirling sky, the moisture, and the sunsets left behind are all so memorable and refreshing.

We photograph the rain, the storms, the (occasional) damage, every year. This year is no different. It was another day in a week of anticipated daily rain and we needed an A1-worthy rain photo to go with a story. Problem was, it had yet to rain that day so the only art we had was going to be old for the next day's print. Right around deadline (right before sunset) the sky started to darken but the only staff photographer who was working at that time had an assignment that he couldn't leave. So I grabbed my camera and ran out the door in search of a rainy photo. I normally only work the desk now so it's rare I get to do any dashing-out-the-door in search of a photo.

I went to an overlook of the city downtown that I had found another day during a storm. The rain wasn't spectacular, there was no lightning, and the clouds were just a solid layer of gray. Of course. I waited it out and just when I was about to give up hope because the rain was stopping and the deadline was inching so very close, I turned around and there was a double rainbow over the city. Click. Run around the area looking for the best composition. Click. Click. And then it faded away.